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Common Painkillers Tied to Blood Clot Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 24 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 – People who use painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – which include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) – may be at increased risk for potentially deadly blood clots, a new study suggests. But the study only showed an association between use of the painkillers and higher clotting risk; it did not prove cause-and-effect. The researchers analyzed the results of six studies involving more than 21,000 cases of a type of blood clot called a venous thromboembolism (VTE). These clots include deep vein thrombosis (a clot in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (a clot in the lungs). Reporting online Sept. 24 in Rheumatology, the analysis found that people who used NSAIDs had an 80 percent higher risk for venous clots. "Our results show a statistically significant increased VTE risk among NSAID users. Why NSAIDs may ... Read more

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Most Treatments for Blood Clots Appear Safe, Effective

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – Almost all the various treatment options for blood clots that form in veins are equally safe and effective, new research shows. In exploring the safety and effectiveness of treatments for such blood clots as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism (blood clot in a lung), Canadian researchers analyzed outcomes associated with eight blood-thinning options, including unfractionated heparin, low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) and fondaparinux in combination with vitamin K antagonists. The investigators also examined LMWH with dabigatran (Pradaxa), edoxaban, rivaroxaban (Xarelto), apixaban (Eliquis), as well as LMWH alone. After examining nearly 50 randomized studies, the researchers found that unfractionated heparin combined with vitamin K antagonist was associated with a higher percentage of recurrent blood clots over the course of three months than the ... Read more

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Study: Aspirin Might Work Instead of Warfarin for Deep Vein Clots

Posted 26 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 – Aspirin may offer an alternative for people who've had blood clots in the deep veins of the legs and can't tolerate long-term use of blood thinners, according to Australian researchers. The condition, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can be life-threatening if clots break loose, travel to the lungs and block a pulmonary artery. Patients are usually prescribed blood thinners such as warfarin to prevent clot formation, the researchers noted. "Most people who have had a blood clot in a leg vein or an embolism where the clot blocks the blood flow have anticoagulant drug treatment, such as warfarin, for at least six months, first to dissolve the clot and then to prevent it happening again," said lead researcher Dr. John Simes, a professor of medicine at the University of Sydney. However, long-term use of warfarin (Coumadin) can be inconvenient, requiring frequent ... Read more

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Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report. Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks' gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, two serious conditions caused by blood clotting in the veins, the researchers noted in background information. This new study confirms that link, and takes it even further. Premature birth appears to be linked to an increased chance of blood clots in the veins in childhood and early adulthood, according to findings published online July 28 in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers also reported that a baby's chances of blood clot-related illnesses are directly related to the degree of prematurity. "The more premature, the higher the risk," said Dr. ... Read more

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Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report. Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks' gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, two serious conditions caused by blood clotting in the veins, the researchers noted in background information. This new study confirms that link, and takes it even further. Premature birth appears to be linked to an increased chance of blood clots in the veins in childhood and early adulthood, according to findings published online July 28 in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers also reported that a baby's chances of blood clot-related illnesses are directly related to the degree of prematurity. "The more premature, the higher the risk," said Dr. ... Read more

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Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots

Posted 22 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 – Two treatments that break up blood clots deep in the veins of the legs appear no different in terms of death risk. However, one results in a greater risk of bleeding and average hospitalization bills that are three times the cost of the other treatment, a new study finds. The standard treatment for these clots – known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – is blood-thinning medications and compression stockings. The other, more expensive treatment delivers medication directly to the clot to dissolve it. This procedure, called catheter-directed thrombolysis, has increased in use in recent years despite inconclusive research as to its safety, the study authors said. "DVT is a very common disease that occurs in about one in 1,000 people per year," said lead researcher Dr. Riyaz Bashir, an associate professor of medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in ... Read more

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Pricey New Blood Thinner Eliquis Might Be Safer for Leg Clots

Posted 1 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 1 – The new pill Eliquis prevents dangerous blood clots in the legs and lungs as well as standard therapy, though with less risk of serious bleeding, a new study shows. The research, published online July 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine, may point doctors toward a simpler, if more costly, way to prevent repeat blood clots in patients at risk for venous thromboembolism. Venous thromboembolism includes two related conditions: deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Together, these conditions hospitalize more than 500,000 adults each year in the United States, according to the government's National Hospital Discharge Survey. In DVT, a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, causing swelling, redness, warmth and pain. If the blood clot breaks free, it can travel and lodge near the brain, heart or another vital organ, causing severe damage. If a clot ... Read more

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Study Probes Use of Filter Device to Stop Deadly Blood Clots

Posted 18 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 18 – The use of a special filter to prevent potentially deadly blood clots from traveling to patients' lungs varies widely among hospitals, a new study finds. A vena cava filter is placed in the inferior vena cava, the large vein in the abdomen that returns blood from the lower body to the heart. It is one of the treatments for people with blood clots that develop in the veins of the leg or pelvis (deep vein thrombosis). These blood clots can break free and travel to the lungs, where they can cause severe complications or death. A vena cava filter, which is designed to trap these clots before they reach the lungs, may be the only treatment option for patients who can't be given blood-thinning drugs. But one expert notes that the evidence around the effectiveness of these devices has never been clear. "Vena cava filters were once thought to be lifesaving devices in ... Read more

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New Blood Thinner Beats Older Drug for Vein Clots: Study

Posted 20 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 – People who need to take a blood thinner because they've had a clot in the deep veins of their legs appear to do better with the new drug Pradaxa (dabigatran) than with the older drug warfarin, researchers report. Long-term treatment of these blood clots is safer and more convenient with Pradaxa than warfarin, the new study found. Extended treatment with blood thinners after clots develop in the veins or the lungs should be considered more often than it is, said lead researcher Dr. Sam Schulman, a professor in the division of hematology and thromboembolism at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. If a clot in the leg breaks loose and travels to the heart, brain or lungs, it can cause a heart attack, stroke or a pulmonary embolism – all of which can be fatal. People taking warfarin need periodic blood tests to be sure they aren't getting too much of the ... Read more

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Migraine With Aura May Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

Posted 15 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 15 – Women who suffer from migraines with visual effects called aura may face an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, new studies find. Only high blood pressure was a more powerful predictor of cardiovascular trouble, the researchers said. There are things women with this type of migraine can do to reduce that risk, they added: lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, avoid smoking, eat healthfully and exercise. "Other studies have found that this form of migraine has been associated with the risk of stroke, and may be associated with any cardiovascular disease," said lead author Dr. Tobias Kurth, from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "We find migraine with aura is a quite strong contributor to major cardiovascular disease. It is one of the top two risk factors." ... Read more

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New Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Leg Clots, Study Finds

Posted 9 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Dec. 8 – The new anti-clotting drug apixaban (Eliquis) appears to help prevent potentially fatal blood clots in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a new Italian study finds. People who suffer from venous thromboembolism are prone to develop blood clots in the veins in their legs (DVT). If a clot breaks loose, it can travel to the heart and cause a heart attack, or the brain and cause a stroke, or to the lungs and cause severe breathing difficulties, and even death. "This finding is great," said Dr. Maja Zaric, an interventional cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Currently, patients with recurrent venous thromboembolism take a drug called warfarin, which is effective but needs careful monitoring and is associated with a risk of major, and sometimes fatal, bleeding. This drug and others will likely replace warfarin over the next few years, Zaric said. ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Heparin: Drug Safety Communication - Important change to heparin container labels to clearly state the total drug strength

Posted 7 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is notifying health care professionals, caregivers, and patients about a change to the container and carton labels for heparin products. This label change will require manufacturers of Heparin Lock Flush Solution, USP and Heparin Sodium Injection, USP to clearly state the strength of the entire container of the medication followed by how much of the medication is in 1 milliliter (mL). These modifications will eliminate the need for health care professionals to calculate the total amount of heparin medication in a product containing more than 1 mL, thereby reducing the risk of miscalculations that may result in medication errors. BACKGROUND: Heparin is used to prevent blood clots from forming in people who have certain medical conditions or who are undergoing certain medical procedures that may increase the chance that clots will form, or to stop the growth of clots that have ... Read more

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Xarelto's Approval Expanded

Posted 5 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5 – Approval of the anti-clotting drug Xarelto (rivaroxaban) has been expanded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to include treating deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism. DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep in the body. If a clot breaks away and travels to an artery in the lungs, it becomes a potentially deadly condition called a pulmonary embolism. Xarelto was approved last year to treat clots stemming from knee or hip replacement and to lessen the risk of stroke in people with a form of abnormal heart rhythm called non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The drug's newest approvals were given based on clinical studies involving 9,478 people, the FDA said in a news release. As with other anti-clotting drugs, bleeding is the most common side effect. Xarelto is produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, based in Raritan, N.J. More information The FDA ... Read more

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FDA Expands Use of Xarelto to Treat, Reduce Recurrence of Blood Clots

Posted 2 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

November 2, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Xarelto (rivaroxaban) to include treating deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), and to reduce the risk of recurrent DVT and PE following initial treatment. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together. DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. When a blood clot in a deep vein breaks off and travels to an artery in the lungs and blocks blood flow, it results in a potentially deadly condition called PE. Xarelto is already FDA-approved to reduce the risk of DVTs and PEs from occurring after knee or hip replacement surgery (July 2011), and to reduce the risk of stroke in people who have a type of abnormal heart rhythm called non-valvular atrial fibrillation (November 2011). The FDA reviewed ... Read more

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Infection Might Raise Blood Clot Risk for Older Adults: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 5 – Infections, especially among older adults, may increase the risk of developing potentially dangerous blood clots, a new study suggests. The clots are called venous thromboembolisms, and include the deep vein thromboses (DVTs) that typically begin in the legs. However, DVTs can also travel to the lungs where they form potentially deadly pulmonary embolisms. DVTs have been linked to prolonged sitting, gaining the nickname "economy-class syndrome" after cases of passengers developing them on long-haul flights. But, the new study finds that if an older adult suffers an infection (for example, a urinary, skin or respiratory infection) after a stay in a hospital or nursing home, the risk of developing a venous thromboembolism can rise nearly sevenfold. In people who develop infections at home, the researchers found a threefold increased risk of a clot within 90 days. The ... Read more

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